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Financial patent eligibility and quality will be featured at Financial Services IP Summit, 7/22-23 in NYC

Legal executives from the leading banks and financial institutions, patent attorneys, outside counsel, prosecutors, judges and lawmakers will gather in New York July 22-23 to learn and discuss strategies after Supreme Court rulings on patent eligibility and decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The 12th Annual “Patents for Financial Services Summit” will examine […]

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Poor ROI from top R&D companies is a red flag, says Forbes columnist

Which companies are truly (disruptively) innovative and which are merely using their R&D to maintain a low-growth franchise has become the subject of worthy debate. Forbes columnist Alan Hartung, believes that some of the largest tech companies – not coincidentally some of the biggest R&D spenders and patent holders – are the worst investments for […]

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Patent values are hit by uncertainty; operating co buying overtakes NPE

Three things are needed to succeed today in patent licensing: more capital, more patience and more good patents, which are in increasingly short supply.  Uncertainty is the glue that binds weaker patents to cheaper ones. Patent reliability is poorer than ever, in part because invalidating bad patents is now somewhat less arduous and costly. The […]

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NPEs are winning 4.5x more in damages than opcos, new PwC patent litigation study shows

With patent litigation down 13% over 2013, and median damages awards just $2.9 million, the lowest in at least 20 years, NPEs are still besting operating companies in damages at trial by more than four fold. PwC’s 2015 annual patent litigation study, subtitled “A change in patentee fortunes,” is a useful overview of trends in […]

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Higher R&D does not necessarily result in more or better patents

It is unclear that companies with the most significant increases in R&D spending are securing more, better quality or valuable patents.  A random study of the R&D spending and U.S. patent granted three years following of 12 leading technology companies conducted by Brody Berman Associates shows that costly corporate research spending does not necessarily result […]

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Does Google’s patent buying experiment put it in competition w/ Intellectual Ventures and RPX?

On Friday May 8 Google will launch a two week experiment in acquiring patents from mainly small businesses and inventors. Directly, or indirectly, the Patent Purchase Promotion (PPP) will be competing with NPEs and other operating companies for patent ownership. The announcement raises questions: Is Google taking a page the play book written by IV […]

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The state of patent value will be front and center at the IP Business Congress in SF

In 2011 the buzz at the IP Business Congress in San Francisco was about the high cost of potential smart phone patent deals. Bankrupt Nortel’s sale of a portfolio for $4.5 billion was announced during or just after IBPC, and Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility was announced a few days later. Since then patent […]

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Study: Alice v. CLS Bank led to a strong increase in subject matter patent invalidations

The Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International, a case involving computer software, has led to a marked increase in patents being invalidated under Section 101 of Title 35 the United States Code covering subject matter eligibility. The findings are part of “2014 Patent Litigation Year in Review,” just out from Lex Machina, […]

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Leading IP stocks for 1Q include VRNG, RMBS, TSRA, VHC & RPXC

Despite a soft first quarter 2015 for the 13 IP licensing company stocks that comprise the PIPX IP Stock Index, versus the S&P 500, individual winners and losers that bucked the trend. Vringo (VRNG), down 80.9% over the past 12 months, was up 18.2% in the quarter one, the most in the group. Also advancing […]

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Patent quality — Is a “shared responsibility”, says IBM; it does not represent invention quality or IP value

There is a great deal of agreement that patent quality is lacking, but surprisingly little about how to define and achieve it. Patent quality is typically associated with validity. Good patents are valid upon scrutiny, bad ones invalid. However, the term also refers to the relative importance of an invention and the value of the […]

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“IP Finance 2015″ will examine IP assets, transactions and challenges

IP Finance 2015, “Innovative Ways to Manage IP Assets for Maximum Return,” will bring together in New York on May 14 leaders in patent licensing and transactions, including those who fund them.  Following a successful IP Finance kick-off in May 2014, Premier Cercle™ is teaming up with Institutional Investor Magazine and Managing Intellectual Property for a sequel […]

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Patent ‘Quality Summit’ will be open to the public, March 25-26

The goal of the USPTO gathering is to promote discussion of ways to improve patent quality. The first Patent Quality Summit will take place at United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA on March 25-26. The two-day event’s opening session, “Perspectives on the Importance of Quality,” will feature corporate counsel, private practitioners, academics, economists, […]

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